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John Martyn Harlow: 'obscure country physician?'

Macmillan, Malcolm 2001, John Martyn Harlow: 'obscure country physician?', Journal of the history of the neurosciences, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 149-162, doi: 10.1076/jhin.10.2.149.7254.

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Title John Martyn Harlow: 'obscure country physician?'
Author(s) Macmillan, Malcolm
Journal name Journal of the history of the neurosciences
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 149
End page 162
Publisher Smith-Gordon
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2001-08
ISSN 0964-704X
1744-5213
Keyword(s) John Martyn Harlow
Phineas Gage
antiphlogistics
phrenology
temperament
Edward Higginson Williams
New England medicine
Summary If John Martyn Harlow is known at all in the neurosciences, it is because he was the physician who attended Phineas Gage and followed up his case. Although Harlow's brief but insightful accounts of the changes in Gage's personality are fairly well recognized, and his skill in treating Gage often acknowledged, Harlow himself is, for the most part, the shadowy figure caught by the self-depreciatory characterization of the subtitle of this paper. Although his contribution to the neurosciences was singular, literally and figuratively, he deserves a place in the history of the subject. Harlow's training in antiphlogistic therapy can be seen in his treatment of Gage and in his evaluation of its results. As a medical student, he was also exposed to phrenological doctrine, the influence of which can also be seen in his  appreciation and explanation of some aspects of Gage's behaviour.  Manuscript materials, newspaper reports, and other little known material are used here to evaluate Harlow's contributions to medicine and to the medical, political, and civic life of Cavendish, Woburn, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Language eng
DOI 10.1076/jhin.10.2.149.7254
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Swets & Zeitlinger
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001369

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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